On Monday morning, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that former Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva is scheduled to meet with the Ravens this week.
A piece of interesting free agent news: #Steelers FA OT Alejandro Villanueva is set to visit the #Ravens this week, league source said. With some moving parts on Baltimore’s O-line, they plan to check out Villanueva in person.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 19, 2021
Villanueva spent the last seven seasons of his career in Pittsburgh. After going undrafted out of Army in 2010, Villanueva spent three years in the military before returning to the NFL in 2014. Villanueva was signed by the Eagles as a defensive end but was later waived and signed to the Steelers practice squad, where he converted to offensive tackle. In 2015, he took over the role of starting left tackle for Pittsburgh and never looked back.
Baltimore will likely wait to sign the veteran tackle until after the upcoming draft in order to avoid losing a compensatory pick. Villanueva would give the Ravens needed depth at offensive tackle behind Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr. with the departure of D.J. Fluker in free agency.
Villanueva provides insurance If Stanley is unable to start the season due to the season-ending ankle injury he suffered last season against Pittsburgh. On the other hand, if Brown is indeed traded in the near future, then Villanueva could see himself starting at right tackle if Baltimore doesn’t find a better option in the draft.
According to PFF, Villanueva allowed three sacks in 2020, finishing with a pass-blocking grade of 77.1, a run-blocking grade of 60.9, and an overall grade of 74.6. He finished out as the 28th-ranked OT in the NFL, three spots behind Brown at 25.